Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Course
Water Safety Instructor Course
Skills Evaluation, Online & Teaching Experience
The skills evaluation ensures candidates have the necessary water safety skills, strokes, and Instructor Emergency Response (IER) skills equivalent to the Red Cross Swim Kids 10 performance criteria. As a result of the extensive research conducted, one of the most significant aspects of the revised program will be the transition of in-person learning to combined online and in-person training.
This blended learning solution will put the Canadian Red Cross’ Water Safety Instructor Development Program in line with a new approach to learning: the flipped classroom. According to the Khan Academy, the flipped classroom allows the learner to learn at his or her own speed - focusing on what is important and how it connects to them - online before arriving at the pool. This ensures the transfer of knowledge will occur in an environment the learner controls time, reviews, additional opportunities to research, and reflection.
The in-person component then builds on the topics covered online. Another significant change is the teaching experience. The teaching experience takes place following the online learning and prior to the in-person component. The decision to complete the teaching experience prior to the in-person course achieves the following outcomes:
Candidates have first-hand experience observing real progressions and swimmer skills with a mix of personalities in the same class. Candidates have a frame of reference to reflect on and link to the theory of the course.
- Wednesday and Thursday, March 31st & April 1st, 2021 3:30 -6:30 pm
Classroom & Pool
This component follows the teaching experience and furthers instructional ability by focusing on how to effectively plan, teach, and evaluate the Red Cross Swim Programs. This is where we consolidate candidates’ knowledge and experience from the online and teaching experience components so they are ready to take on their first Red Cross Swim Program.
Here the candidates will also complete a variety of practice-teaching exercises teaching their peer candidates. If available the practice-teaching exercises can also be conducted using actual swimmers in an existing program.